Friday, February 28, 2014

A frenetic cloud of afternoon traffic dust USA.

Consider what a cloud of traffic-dust-particles looks like.
 
Here's is photograph of roadway dust in Santa Barbara, California. A late afternoon sun setting behind an apartment building illuminated this frenetic cloud.
Keep in mind that traffic dust is composed of a myriad of small, large, and ultrafine shards of particulate matter, most of which is toxic. Benzene, asbestos, diesel soot, heavy metals, tire wear, crankcase and cargo drippings are some of the contaminants that either make up the dust or adhere to dust particles.

"Particulate Pollutants
... finely divided solids or liquids. Since the larger particles tend to get settled quickly, they are called settleable or Dustfall particles (particles more than 1µ). Smaller particles, on the other hand, remain suspended for longer periods and hence, are called Suspended Particulate Matter (particles less than 1µ). The smallest particles, almost like gasses, are readily transported by wind currents to longer distances without getting deposited anywhere. While dust, smoke and fumes fall under solid particles, mist and spray come under liquid particles. Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM), most abundantly present in the atmosphere, is the cause of major concern for health. The SPMs can enter very deep into the lungs, severely affecting a person’s health. Since they are small in size, they do not settle anywhere and remain in the breathing zone of human beings. The settling velocity of this particle size range is very low and, therefore, the particles, composed of several toxic compounds, remain suspended for long periods. Metallic fumes, droplets of oil, tar and acid, black soot and local oil particles are some of the examples of these particles."

This is a normal and acceptable circumstance but this should not be so.




Saturday, November 16, 2013

Trees and leaves in Portland, Oregon USA

Portland, Oregon USA -- the "City of Roses".

Advertized American values.

Roses are but one thing, but it is necessary and proper to view photos of other foliage in order to gauge the botanical realities of this city located in the Pacific Northwest.
 
 
 

 
 
 




PHOTOS:  DT LANGE CC 2.0


 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dirty Air Sun Glare Reflections of Reality Ignored No More

BUT FIRST A HEALTH WARNING -- THE OZONE PYRAMID:


AIR POLLUTION -- AEROSOL PARTICULATE -- THE SUN THAT IS NO LONGER GOLDEN BUT A PASTY WHITE FROM FOSSIL FUEL FILTH IN THE AIR

A QUICK REFERENCE GRAPHIC:
OK, NOW FOR SOME PHOTOS THAT PUBLISHED LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHERS SEEM TO MISS FOR SOME REASON:
 
 
 

 
 
 

An ozone pollution surge in Texas, USA.



PHOTOS:  DT LANGE CC 2.0

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Revisiting the Politics of 200,000 Deaths or Smog Kills



200,000 USA Deaths Per Annum in Context

200,000 deaths per year = 16666.666 per month = 547.945 per day = 22.831 per hour.


While President Obama, his cabinet, and Congress plot to punish Syrian President Assad for using aerosol chemical agents to kill innocent Syrians, let’s take a look at American deaths from another gaseous toxic chemical mix we term air pollution.
MIT recently released a study detailing 200,000 yearly air pollution deaths in the United States.
We learn, “The greatest number of emissions-related premature deaths came from road transportation, with 53,000 early deaths per year attributed to exhaust from the tailpipes of cars and trucks.”
Using some government/military jargon, these numbers show common “delivery systems” under the “command and control” of individual Americans.
Another identified “delivery system” of lethal chemical agents is the emissions stacks of coal fired power plants, “Pollution from electricity generation still accounted for 52,000 premature deaths annually.”
If we look closely at the total numbers, we see that 200,000 American deaths per annum equates to, 16666.666 deaths per month, or 547.945 deaths per day, or 22.831 American deaths per hour. (Be sure that many of those victims are children.)
These deaths are from intentionally caused toxic chemicals that are allowed to be put in the communal air.
The nation of Syria is enduring bloody violence and hardship in a multifaceted civil war, and a regime willing to use extreme measures against opponents and innocents.
But America should consider that it has no moral or legal standing to punish another regime for its use of a concentrated and barbaric use of chemical gas weapons when America itself allows the destruction of its own citizens from similar means within its own borders.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Story Idea Sent to Democracy Now



Aug 30, 2013
Democracy Now,
Serious Air Pollution in America is Killing Americans and Trees That Signals a Threat to Our Health and Safety
This is the second or third note I have sent you on this on this critical subject.
Widespread and chronic damage to trees, plants and ecosystems by toxic air pollution, and what it portends for us all, have been documented by Gail Zawacki, a knowledgeable blogger in New Jersey. The evidence presented is pervasive and persuasive. New evidence has come with each post.
Her latest post of August 30 details dying and dead trees and plants on both coasts of the US.

I have documented the same sort of destruction in Santa Barbara, California.
I alerted, and furnished photos to all levels of government: city, county, state, and federal. (I can furnish names of the officials, and approximate dates.)
I appealed to you to cover this story a couple of years ago. The situation is far worse now, and foreboding.

A recently released MIT study regarding 200,000 American deaths from air pollution has data that lists the most lethal and vulnerable areas are the same places with the obvious dying plant life: coastal California and the eastern US, centered at Baltimore, Maryland.

I hope Pacifica and Democracy Now has the resources and courage to tackle this.
Sooner or later, either some responsive new organization will cover this, or the only story to cover is a post disaster obituary.
Thank you,
David Lange  

Thursday, August 29, 2013

2000,000 Americans Put To Death for the Sin of Breathing Polluted Air

In a slightly outdated study using 2005 body counts, MIT informs us of the enormous carnage caused by air pollution that surrounds freedom loving Americans.
Yes, America, the home of the freest corpses in the world.
Yes, America, where cars expensive, and life is cheap.
Meanwhile, and even as the US Congress and President Obama, and the NSA et al, work to ensure the safety of all Americans -- here's some numbers you don't need a Bluffdale or Pentagon to decipher.
 

From a synopsis in inquisitr.com:
-- Road traffic is the biggest cause of air pollution early deaths.
-- 53,000 Americans a year die too soon because of emissions from road vehicles.
-- The second most important source of killer emissions was power generation. Those pollutants kill     around 52,000 people a year.
-- Air pollution deaths from rail transportation appeared to be relatively trivial.
-- However, emissions from marine transportation hit California with its long coastline relatively hard, resulting in an estimated 3,500 early deaths.
-- California is the hardest-hit state. There are 21,000 early deaths there a year from emissions.
-- However, it’s the east coast city of Baltimore, Maryland that is the hardest-hit city. 130 out of every 100,000 residents will die each year as a result of air pollution.

 Baltimore, Maryland -- a city located next to Washington, DC. the nation's capital where the seat of government allows the deaths of so many of its own citizens, that's obscene.


Study or Article Links:
Air Pollution Sending 200,000 Americans To An Early Grave Each Year: MIT Study

Study: Air Pollution Causes 200,000 Early Deaths in US

New MIT study finds vehicle emissions are the biggest contributor to these premature deaths.






Road traffic is the biggest cause of air pollution early deaths. 53,000 Americans a year die too soon because of emissions from road vehicles. The second most important source of killer emissions was power generation. Those pollutants kill around 52,000 people a year. Air pollution deaths from rail transportation appeared to be relatively trivial. However, emissions from marine transportation hit California with its long coastline relatively hard, resulting in an estimated 3,500 early deaths. California is the hardest-hit state. There are 21,000 early deaths there a year from emissions. However, it’s the east coast city of Baltimore, Maryland that is the hardest-hit city. 130 out of every 100,000 residents will die each year as a result of air poluttion.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/927699/mit-emissions-study-200000-early-deaths-a-year-in-us-from-air-pollution/#MsKhpfh1Mos8QWYF.99